Group urges climate adaptation funding in pandemic recovery

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS (AP) — An organisation that promotes efforts to adapt the environment to cope with the effects of climate change is calling on governments and financers around the globe to include funding for adaptation projects in their COVID-19
recovery spending.

The appeal was published on Friday in a report issued by the Netherlands-based Global Centre on Adaptation before an online summit starting tomorrow that will launch an agenda for boosting the planet’s resilience.

“As governments begin spending trillions of dollars to recover from the pandemic, the world has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a more resilient, climate-smart future by integrating climate adaptation into their response and recovery plans,” the centre said in its report.

A group of more than 3,000 scientists from 130 countries also released a statement on Friday before the summit linking investment in the environment with pandemic recovery plans.

“The twin threats of COVID-19 and climate change are, above all, caused by human actions. We must do everything in our power to ensure our response to both is coordinated and becomes a watershed moment for investment in a more sustainable world,” the scientists wrote.

Former United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a briefing ahead of the summit that the two-day event hosted by the Netherlands “couldn’t be more timely”.